September is Hunger Action Month. What exactly does that mean? Across the country, people will work together to raise awareness for the 1 in 6 Americans who struggle with hunger every day. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine not knowing where your next meal might come from. So what can we do to help those who are facing this challenge?
First of all, WEAR ORANGE! The official #GoOrange day is Thursday September 4. I bet you could do it whenever you want though. Seriously, go put on an orange shirt, or tie, or hat… or anything! Then take a picture of yourself and tweet it to the Food Bank (@FoodBankCENC) tagging it #GoOrange and/or #HungerAction. You can also change your Facebook profile or cover photo. I know it might seem like just a social media thing, but remember, part of this month is all about raising awareness. So #GoOrange and get people talking! (Get your #GoOrange cover art here.)
Now that you’re all orange, take a look at the 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar that the Food Bank has put together. There is always something you can do to help.
Stay tuned for more information on #FoodBank24. If you haven’t heard about this, it is pretty awesome. I’m actually trying to work out when I’ll be able to volunteer. This is the Food Bank’s third annual 24 hour telethon. There will be a Food Truck Rodeo, a mixer, a midnight madness volunteer session and more! Go ahead and mark it on your calendar. Maybe I’ll see you there!
Now that I’ve gotten you all oranged up and ready to raise awareness and take action, I want to let you know who you are helping. These are statistics taken from the Food Bank CENC.
The US Census 2008-2010 American Community Survey reports:
- In the 34 counties served by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, more than 560,000 are at risk of hunger.
- Nearly 189,491 are children.
- More than 43,522 are elderly.
- 30% have one or more working adults in the household.
I guess all that’s left is for me to say welcome to September… and GO ORANGE!